Dietetic Therapy

What does an Advanced Sports Dietitian do?

What does an Advanced Sports Dietitian do?

An Advanced Sports Dietitian has expertise helping athletes and very active people to utilise nutrition to enhance physical performance. This might mean assisting a marathon runner to figure out the fluid and carbohydrates they need to consume during a race, to helping a young gymnast figure out what food energises her before a morning training session, to assisting a busy mum to come up with quick breakfast ideas to allow her muscles to recover after an early morning exercise class.

 

Mindful of my body? That's like asking a blind man to have a look!

Mindful of my body? That's like asking a blind man to have a look!

I was speaking with a client recently about some concerns she has with mindfulness. She told me she had attended a course on mindfulness, and during the program she had been repeatedly instructed by the teacher to ‘feel into her body’ – a common enough instruction used in meditation practice. She had some significant problems with this instruction though, and felt that the practice of mindfulness was just not for her - “Telling me to feel into my body, is like asking a blind man to have a look”, she said.

What's the Non-Diet Approach all about?

What's the Non-Diet Approach all about?

The term ’non-diet’ is one you will often see used by health professionals and advocates who encourage approaches to health and wellbeing that are contrary to popular messages promoting restrictive weight loss diets.

Many of the team at Mind Body Well were fortunate to be introduced to the non-diet world by Dr Rick Kausman, author of ‘If Not Dieting Then What?’ and one of the pioneers of the non-diet movement. The title of Rick’s book sums up well what many of our clients are asking…. “I’ve tried restrictive weight loss diets and they haven’t worked for me, so what now?”

Who can you trust for nutritional advice?

Who can you trust for nutritional advice?

It seems everyone these days has something to say about nutrition. Eat this, don’t eat that, eat this with that in order to blah, blah, blah…..

With such a saturation of ‘advice’ about what to eat it can be difficult to find voices of wisdom amidst SO MUCH NOISE!

Sometimes he or she who speaks the loudest about nutrition is the one we’d be best not to listen to at all.

How to Frustrate an Eating Disorder Therapist

How to Frustrate an Eating Disorder Therapist

Let me set the scene… there I am, pants off, hot wax hovering just above my legs… when the inevitable question comes from the beautician.

“So, what do you do?”

Honestly, sometimes I lie when I’m asked this question. If I’m not in the mood for a difficult conversation in my off-duty hours, sometimes I say I’m a teacher. After all I figure that’s only partly untrue.

But today I’m feeling ready for a conversation so I tell her… “I’m a Psychologist”.

The Problem with Body Image is the Concept of 'Body Image'

The Problem with Body Image is the Concept of 'Body Image'

The language of ‘body image’ is common in our culture of attention to appearance, and lately, conversation about body image seems to everywhere. Body image is a factor commonly related to mental health for young people, and is similarly a concern for many people as they age and come to terms with their changing bodies.

When you think about it, it’s pretty strange that we give so much attention to the image of our bodies. 

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

I used to cringe at the phrase ‘Love Your Body’.

Every anti-narcissism bone in my body reacted to this as a statement I thought of as ego-based and overtly focused on appearance.

But I’ve been thinking about what it might mean to really love your body and I’ve changed my mind. Love after all, is about care. It’s about kindness, respect, and a deep affection and appreciation.

Change is Always Possible

Change is Always Possible

When we can look at our life objectively one thing we may notice is that change is happening, all the time.   Think about it.  People you used to love are no longer in your life and you now have new relationships.  The way you spend your time may have changed.  Maybe experiences that used to hold importance and value for you have been replaced by new experiences.  And sure as we can be, our minds, bodies and the world around us are changing in each and every moment.